Gird your loins,America. President Obama intends to empty out Guantanamo Bay and send scores of suspected Muslim terror operatives back to their jihadist-coddling native countries. Goaded by anti-war activists and soft-on-terror attorneys (including those from Attorney General Eric Holder’s former private law firm),Obama announced Thursday that he’ll lift a ban on sending up to 90 Yemeni detainees home and will initiate other stalled transfers out of the compound.
This radical appeasement of Obama’s left flank is a surefire recipe for more Benghazis,more U.S.S. Coles and more innocent lives at risk.
A little more than three years ago,the White House assured Americans that it would not release Yemeni detainees back to their al-Qaida-infested land. In January 2010,international press outlets reported that at least a dozen former Guantanamo Bay prisoners had rejoined al-Qaida to fight in Yemen. Yemen was also the terror training ground of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab,the jihadist who attempted to bomb Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day in 2009.
Abdulmutallab reportedly told the FBI there were countless al-Qaida trainees like him in Yemen. The CIA knew of Abdulmutallab four months before his bombing attempt and was aware of him meeting with terrorists in Yemen a month before his arrest. British media also reported that counterterrorism and intelligence officers were “aware of several British nationals and British residents who had trained at camps in Yemen’s ‘ungoverned spaces.’”
From the very first days of Obama’s presidency,Americans in Yemen have been endangered. In late January 2009,the U.S. Embassy in Yemen came under gunfire. American diplomatic staff had been warned of a pending attack. That same month,two former Yemeni Gitmo detainees,Said Ali al-Shihri and Abu Hareth Muhammad al-Awfi,released a video flipping America the bird.
Nice try by President Obama to change the national subject of intense public discussion from his serial scandals to his war —no,wait —he prefers “fight”against terrorism.
In an hour-long speech of nearly 7,000 words,interrupted by a persistent heckler,the former Real Good Talker reminded his audience at the National Defense University,whose mission is to study war,that the United States has “constitutional principles”that have survived many wars during more than two centuries. No kidding.
And that “having fought for our independence,we know a price must be paid for freedom.”
Strange words indeed coming out of the mouth of an alleged constitutional law lecturer and president whose Internal Revenue Service has been illegally targeting and intimidating Americans of a certain contrary political persuasion.
Or whose F.B.I. has been checking the communications of professional journalists despite the First Amendment and labeling one of them a criminal co-conspirator in order to access his private communications and his parents’home phone.
None of which this chief executive admits to knowing anything about because he’s apparently out of the loop on everything except the successes of SEAL Team 6.
I remember camping out when I was a Boy Scout,sometime back in the Cretaceous Period,and all us young lads were just goofing around,trying to make impromptu hammocks out of the ropes we had all brought along in our backpacks.
For whatever reason,we more or less divided ourselves into two groups to make a competition of it,and it just worked out that one group had most of the guys with their merit badges in knot tying,while the other group seemed to specialize in making it up as they went along.
When the moment of truth came,the hammock created by the one group who followed form and used traditional knots successfully held about a half dozen boys. The one tied by the freewheelers,despite including some impressive Gordian-style knots,unraveled like a cheap sweater.
I recalled this incident when the Boy Scouts of America announced its new policy on homosexuals,in which it’s going to allow self-professed “gay” Scouts to be members,but not allow homosexual adults to be Scout leaders,meaning homosexual Scouts would be kicked out when they turn 18.
I’m sure the Boy Scouts board of directors and the delegates to the national meeting,which has been stacked with homosexual activists,thought they were being clever by creating a compromise. Or maybe it didn’t,and it really intends what will be the obvious result of this cluster screw up.
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